Who was John Edmond?
Research and Expeditions
Francis Albarede, President of the European Association of Geochemistry said, "A scientist can be extremely proud if by the end of his life he had contributed one idea that changed the human perception of the world. John Edmond left us with several of these."
Born in Glasgow Scotland, and a MIT faculty member since 1970, John Edmond was a major figure in chemical oceanography who studied ocean and river chemical cycles and composition. He conducted pioneer work in oceanic particulate matter, trace elements and isotopes. He also came up with an explanation of where unaccounted for carbon dioxide from fossil fuels goes that was based on his ocean research.
As one source describes, he was known for his untraditional descriptions of his research. In a 1982 expedition to the Sea of Cortez, he described the vents they discovered as reminding him of "Japanese pagodas with several roofs coming out of them. They are completely covered with large tube worms and thick mats of yellow-orange bacteria."Professor Edmond also described the smell of the site as "like putting your nose into a diesel oil tank."
Why Edmond Vents were named after John Edmond - Excerpt from Crew Journal
Since all newly discovered places deserve an honorable title, we have named the Central Indian Ridge hydrothermal vent site we discovered for geochemist John Marmion Edmond, one of the first scientists to identify and explore hydrothermal vents on the globe-encircling chain of underwater mountains known as the mid-ocean ridge The 1977 discovery near the Galapagos Island pioneered hydrothermal vent expeditions in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and now, the Indian Ocean.
Honors and Degrees
Professor Edmond was a Fellow of the Royal Society, as well as of the American Geophysical Union. He was a recipient of AGU's Macelwane Medal, and he received the Harold Urey Medal of the European Association of Geochemistry and Geochemical Society. He served on the editorial boards for Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the Geochemical Journal (Japan) and Chemical Geology/Isotope Geochemistry. In addition he served on the RIDGE Steering Committee in the Geosciences and Astronomy division of the Royal Society.
1.April 22, 2001 By Amy Nevala - Excerpt from Journal of Crew Exploring Edmond Vent System: http://www.divediscover.whoi.edu/cruise4/daily/journal_010422.html